Please

Video: Please in Baby Sign Language

Signing: To sign please, take you hand with fingers extended and all together, and thumb extended and sticking out. Take the hand with palm facing in and rub it in a circle on your chest.

Please in Baby Sign Language
Figure: Please in Baby Sign Language

Usage: To teach the please concept to an intermediate baby signer, when your baby makes a request (e.g. milk) acknowledge the request and ask them to say please (while doing the sign). “I’ll get you milk, can you say please?” Even if your baby does not understand at first, they will learn to copy. Then reward them by fulfilling their request.

Please is great, even once children are older and are no longer actively signing. Use it as a secret code to gently remind our children to say please when we are with company, without causing them any embarrassment.

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Flash Card: Click the link to view the Please Baby Sign Language Flash Card. The flash cards are printable and available in both U.S. Letter and A4 sizes.

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6 Responses to “Please”

  1. Danielle

    I am doing this with my son. He is 19 months old now but we started at about 8 months old. He knows probably 10 different signs right now and I love it. I feel like he has an easier time expressing no what he needs or wants.

  2. Alice Woodley

    i’ve got a 3 year old grandson he’s been shaken when he was three months old he can say a few words but needs special help i want to learn how to learn so he can talk to me

    ADMIN – Hi Alice,

    We encourage you to start with simple but relevant signs like mom, dad, up and more. Once your grandson learns those you can try other concepts and signs.

  3. Catherine

    My son is 17 months old and doesn’t speak yet. I want to try to teach him signing as an alternative until he starts speaking. Is it too early and should he be talking by now?

    ADMIN – Hi Catherine,

    We encourage you to teach your baby a few signs to help him communicate basic needs. Additionally, consult with your pediatrician or speech therapist for his verbal progress. Every baby is different but often by 17 months they are already verbalizing some sound and a few words.

  4. Alexis Quijada

    I always want to talk sign language. But i never been talking sign language.

  5. Just Someone

    what if the child is a beginner? I am trying to teach the boy i babysit for please and thank you and I do it, while saying the word. Then I use his hand and do it on him while saying the word. He just looks at me w/ a big grin. Has no desire to try it or even care what I’m doing. It’s like he’s disconnected. It’s like he has no idea what I’m doing. As a matter of fact, he never repeats anything I do or say. he’s 2 yrs 4 months. Shouldn’t he be repeating things by now?

    ADMIN:
    Hi,
    It is all about contextual repetition. At age two is the baby already verbal? If so he is probably realizing that he has no need for the sign because he can communicate his needs using speech.

  6. Nikki Robinson

    I am very excited to have found this page so I can teach my 3 kids.

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